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The Meta-Power Paradigm

Impacts and Transformations of Agents, Institutions, and Social Systems-- Capitalism, State, and Democracy in a Global Context

Edited By Tom R. Burns and Peter M. Hall

This work presents, elaborates, and illustrates what is arguably the most important concept in the social sciences: power. It focuses particularly on a major class of power phenomena, meta-power, that is, power over power, transformative and structuring power. This encompasses powers to establish, reform, and transform social systems (institutions, power hierarchies, cultural formations, and socio-technical and infrastructural systems). Understanding meta-power is essential to the effective analysis of the formation of societal structures, their dynamics and evolution. This collection presents numerous illustrations and case studies at local, meso, and macro levels, showing how meta-powering is mobilized and operates in different contexts. The book should be of particular interest to business and management researchers, anthropologists, historians, legal scholars, political scientists, and, of course, sociologists.

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Abbott, 423, 525 abuse, 75, 90, 197, 228, 321, 322, 342, 377 Adams, 104, 525 administrative power, 75, 190, 508 Adorno, 477, 525 agential meta-powering, 16, 180, 182-183, 186, 188 agential power, 11-12, 25, 31, 33-36, 38, 43, 45, 47, 50, 56, 63-64, 72, 292, 376 Alexander, 217, 277, 476, 525 Alford, 243, 525 Alker, 12, 521, 525 Altheide, 54, 258, 275, 279, 284-286, 382, 525 Anderson, 97-98, 480, 525 Archer, 38, 316, 525 awareness contexts, 244, 272 Bachrach, 24, 164, 521, 525-526 Baldwin, 9, 27, 181, 521, 526 Baratz, 24, 164, 521, 525-526 Barnett, 9, 10, 21-22, 25, 27, 32, 57, 453, 478, 521, 526 Barnett and Duvall, 21 Bauer, 169, 526 Becker, 108-110, 117, 121-123, 128, 241, 423, 527 Benson, 430-431, 434, 436, 438-439, 527 Berenskoetter, 9, 23-25, 27, 34, 37, 527 Berezin, 485 Berger, 39, 283, 298, 347, 473-474, 527 Bhaskar, 30, 527 Blanchard, 152, 528 Blau, 23, 43, 50, 83, 95, 528 Blauner, 89, 528 Blumer, 109, 238-241, 243-246, 258, 279, 528, 539 Bobbio, 365, 528 Boulding, 483, 528 Bretton Woods, 57, 133-134, 141, 143-149, 151-152, 189, 492, 509, 532, 534-535, 542- 543 Buckley, 29, 50, 55, 83-84, 92, 95-96, 245, 432, 442, 525-528, 541 bureaucracy, 74-77, 127, 206, 242, 249, 354, 355-358, 423, 428, 525, 541 Busch, 108, 113, 268, 530 Butler, 25, 521, 530 Callon, 248, 530 Caparoso, 50 capitalist cycle, 311 Capra, 437, 505, 530 Carson, 24, 39, 51, 54, 182, 185, 199-200, 202, 205, 208, 223-226, 323, 325, 361, 503-505, 508-510, 513-514,...

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